JuJu Smith-Schuster to Patriots on 3-year, $33M deal

The New England Patriots are anticipated to signal extensive receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to a three-year, $33 million deal, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Smith-Schuster, who helped the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl final month, will make $22.5 million over the primary two years of the deal, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Smith-Schuster tweeted Wednesday that he’s excited for his “next chapter in New England.” He additionally tweeted thanks to the Chiefs for “giving me the opportunity to come in and contribute to a Super Bowl, the most unforgettable experience of my life.”

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Smith-Schuster joins DeVante Parker (6-3, 219), Kendrick Bourne (6-1, 190) and 2022 second-round decide Tyquan Thornton (6-2, 182) on the high of New England’s depth chart.

The departure in free company of Jakobi Meyers to the Raiders was tied to New England’s pursuit of Smith-Schuster. The Patriots did not make a powerful push to retain Meyers and now land Smith-Schuster for related total monetary phrases to what Meyers agreed to in Las Vegas.

Smith-Schuster, 26, performed final season with Kansas City after 5 with the Steelers. He caught 78 passes for 933 yards and three touchdowns throughout the common season and added 10 extra receptions in three postseason video games, together with seven within the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LVII victory over the Eagles.

Smith-Schuster is greatest utilized as a bodily slot goal who can work the soiled areas of the sphere, although the Chiefs flexed him out extensive at instances to scheme him open. He joined the Steelers as a second-round draft decide in 2017 from USC and averaged 65 catches per season with Pittsburgh.

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ESPN’s Mike Reiss and Adam Teicher contributed to this report.